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I do use an electronic health record and it utilizes cloud storage. If you would like for me to use paper documentation, please let me know. My intake paperwork will outline more details about the technology specifications, limitations, and HIPPA compliances.
Any document or text you email me will become a part of your client file. Do not email me something you do not want to be a part of your file. You may elect to use email for logistical communications such as appointments.
I do not text my clients or accept texts from my clients except for logistical reasons.
Payment is collected through an electronic payment associated with the electronic health record. If you would prefer to pay via cash or check, I will provide you the means to do so.
My policies on social media and internet searches
I do use social media both personally and professionally. Feel free to conduct an online search of me. If you find anything that you think is relevant to our work together or concerning, you are welcome to bring it up with me directly in a session.
I do not investigate or search clients virtually, if for some reason I were to believe it would be clinically relevant to do so, I would seek your consent first and we would have a conversation about it.
While I do not search for clients online, I may find it clinically relevant to look you up. If this is the case, I will talk with you about it in a session and we will talk about it together.
While I do not search for clients online, I may "run into you" virtually, much like we may run into on another in the store or at the mall. We may also belong to similar social or professional groups. If that is the case, I will not disclose the nature of our relationship, nor any of our therapeutic work to others. I will not seek to "friend" or "follow" you intentionally. If you find that we have an overlapping connection, please let me know.
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I will not accept requests from current or past clients to socially network. Even after ending treatment, it is not uncommon for clients to return to my care if circumstances in their lives change. I would like to avoid blurring the lines of our work together and to continue having the ability to serve in the role of your therapist.
Policies relating to online reviews
Posting a review of my services is your right as a client, and it is entirely up to you to decide whether you wish to write a review, but I generally discourage clients from posting reviews of my practice for the reasons below.
(1) The APA Ethics code states that it is unethical for psychologists to solicit testimonials. The American Psychological Association's Ethics Code states that it is unethical for psychologists to solicit testimonials: Principle 5.05 "Psychologists do not solicit testimonials from current therapy clients/patients or other persons who because of their particular circumstances are vulnerable to undue influence."
(2) Since you may decide to return to therapy with me at a later date, I do not request testimonials from people who have ended therapy with me. Unlike other business owners
who may respond to their Yelp reviews, as a psychologist I must provide confidentiality to my clients. This means I’m restricted from responding in any way that acknowledges whether someone has been in my care.
(3) If we work together, I hope we can discuss your feelings about our work directly and in person. This may not always feel comfortable, but discussion of your positive and negative reactions to our work can be an important part of your therapy. If we are not a good match, I’m always happy to help you find a therapist who better suits you.
(4) If you do write something about my practice on Yelp, note that this is a public forum. To preserve your privacy, consider using a pseudonym that is not linked to your regular email address or friend networks.
(5) If you believe that I, or any licensed mental health professional, have done something harmful, consider contacting your state licensing board to make a formal complaint. This may protect other consumers of therapy services. Be aware that the details of your therapy may come up if there is a formal investigation. (Duplicated with permission from Dr. Keely Kolmes)
You will be provided with more information about these topics when we set up your intake appointment.